DAILY CATHOLIC    MONDAY     January 11, 1999     vol. 10, no. 6


      This new feature that we introduce today will spotlight each member of the Conclave. We find this necessary as our dear Sovereign Pontiff Pope John Paul II grows older, clinging to hope, as we join him, of seeing the light of the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart with the dawn of the new millennium - the Jubilee Year 2000. How much longer this 264th successor of Peter has left on this earth only God knows for sure, but His Divine Mercy is evident in allowing him to be with us this long for he truly is a saint for our times, truly Christ's Vicar on earth in these waning days before the glorious Reign of the Sacred Heart, the Time of Peace, the Era of the Eucharistic Presence, the New Pentecost, the Second Advent, the Age of the Holy Spirit. What 1999 will bring we have no idea, nor does anyone else, but with John Paul II at the helm, we feel much more secure in knowing God's Will will be done. Nevertheless, we want to preview the future Pope whether that be soon or much, much later, for no one lives forever and eventually one of those prelates will be selected as the 265th successor of Peter. This will give the reader a better insight into the man whom the Holy Spirit will move the conclave to choose. Thus we bring the reader vignettes on each cardinal in alphabetical order gleaned from the Catholic Almanac, Inside the Vatican and other sources.

4.   Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti

          The Holy Father elevated this seventy-seven Italian cardinal in the consistory last February. Cardinal Lorenzo Antonetti has worked in various offices of the Curia, presently the President of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See which governs the estate of the Apostolic See under the direction of papal delegates acting with ordinary or extraordinary authorization. This office, which was the concept of Pope Leo XIII, received official approbation during the pontificate of Pope Paul VI on the Solemnity of the Assumption in 1967.

          Born in Romagnano Sesia, Italy on July 31, 1922, he was ordained at the early age of 23 on May 26, 1945. With World War II over he entered diplomatic service, being assinged first to Lebanon and then Venezuela. From there he was appointed to the first section for Extraordinary Afffairs of the Secretariat of State to the United States and then France. On May 12, 1968 he was ordained bishop, being assigned Titular Archbishop of Roselle and then assigned as Apostolic Nuncio to Nicaragua and Honduras for five years before becoming Apostolic Nuncio to Zaire from 1973 to 1977 when he became secretary of the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See. In 1988 he was reassigned to Apostolic Nuncio again to France where he loyally served until 1995 when Pope John Paul II appointed him pro-President of the office he had been groomed for while serving nine years as secretary. On February 23, 1998, two days after receiving the red-hat, the "pro" was removed from his title and Cardinal Antonetti officially became President of the curial office he had worked in for a congregate twelve years. In addition to this office, he enjoys curial membership in the Congregation for the Evangelization of Peoples; the Prefecture for the Economic Affairs of the Holy See      Cardinal Antonetti is a life-time "soldier" if you will; in other words, he is a curia-lifer who is content to finish his career there and would never really be considered by the Conclave for election to the papacy in the future both because of his age and his lack of pastoral work, having been in the administrative and diplomatic corps his entire clerical life.

January 11, 1999       volume 10, no. 6


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